EMMET COUNTY EMS 2019 MILLAGE INFORMATION
Emmet County Board of Commissioners voted July 8, 2019, to replace the current millage levied specifically for Emmet County Emergency Medical Services with a new millage to continue funding EMS operations, maintenance and purchase of equipment as well as maintenance needs of EMS buildings. The millage of 0.2483 mill (24.83 cents per $1000 of taxable property value) currently levied for EMS, expiring in 2021, would be replaced with a levy of 0.70 mill (70 cents per $1000 of taxable value) for the next five years, beginning Dec. 1, 2019, if the new millage is approved by voters at a special election Nov. 5, 2019.
Emmet County EMS currently has eight ambulances in its fleet to cover all of Emmet County as well as parts of Chandler and Melrose townships in Charlevoix County and Cheboygan County’s Mackinaw Township and part of its Hebron Township. Five ambulances of the current fleet are 2014 models and were purchased in January 2015 when Emmet County took over ambulance operations. The odometer readings of all vehicles in the EMS ambulance fleet are listed in the table below (as of July 23, 2019). Two models, purchased used from Allied EMS, currently have over or nearly 220,000 miles and are in need of replacement. The industry standard for ambulance replacement is a maximum of 250,000 miles. The increased millage would cover the replacement of the ambulances and equipment inside those vehicles as necessary, including stretchers/cots.
How much would the new millage cost the taxpayer?
The owners of property with taxable value set at $100,000 would pay $70 per year instead of $24.83 they are currently paying to help fund EMS operations.
Taxable Value of $ 50,000 = $35.00/year
Taxable Value of $ 75,000 = $52.50/year
Taxable Value of $100,000 = $70.00/year
Taxable Value of $150,000 = $105.00/year
Taxable Value of $200,000 = $140.00/year
Taxable Value of $500,000 = $350.00/year
Do Charlevoix and Cheboygan counties also pay for ECEMS service?
Since Emmet County EMS covers some areas in Charlevoix County and Cheboygan County, those out-of-county townships do contribute funds to Emmet County for service.